How to use command-line switches for Office XP setup

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For a Microsoft Office 2000 version of this article, see 202946.
The Office Setup program accepts a number of optional command-line switches that you can use to control how the Setup program operates. This article lists the switches and describes the functionality of each switch.
The following command-line options are used with the Setup command line. By using command-line options, an administrator can control how programs that use the Windows Installer package (MSI files) and the transforms (MST files) install software applications.

If you plan to use several Setup properties, type them in the Setup settings file (Setup.ini) to reduce the possibility of encountering a command-line length limitation.

Important Notes
  • Switches are not case sensitive, for example, /A is the same as /a.
  • Except where specifically noted, you can only use these switches when you perform an initial installation of Microsoft Office XP.
  • If you use a Setup command-line option that is also used in the Setup settings file (Setup.ini) or in the transform (MST file), the command-line option usually takes precedence.
  • The Windows Installer package (MSI file) should be in the same folder as Setup.exe. In the case of Microsoft Office, the Windows Installer package must be in the root folder of the administrative installation point.
  • When you use multiple switches, separate them with a blank space. For example, use the following command line to use a specific installer file and write the results to a log file:
    Setup /i ProPlus.msi /l* c:\logfile.txt
  • When Setup.exe ends, it sets %errorlevel% if an error was encountered. If the user cancels Setup, the errorlevel returned is zero (0), indicating no error occurred.
The following table lists the Setup switches:
 Switch              Description                  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /?                  Displays a dialog box pointing to the Office                      Resource Kit at                                          NOTE: The link to the Office XP Office Resource Kit is                     now  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /a <msifile>        Setup performs an administrative installation using                      the specified Microsoft Installer (.msi) file to                      create an administrative install point. The .msi file                     must be in the same folder as Setup.exe.                     NOTE: To create an administrative installation,                      you must use an Enterprise edition of Office.                      Example: /a ProPlus.msi ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /autorun            Only used in the Autorun.inf file. This switch's                       purpose is to indicate that Setup is being run by                     Windows automatically after you insert the Office CD                       in the CD-ROM drive.                     CAUTION: Do not modify the Autorun.inf file. The                      information it contains is necessary for the correct                     operation of Setup. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------/f<options>          Setup repairs the Office installation. The .msi file    <package path>    specified must be .msi file used to install Office                      originally. The .msi file must be in the same folder                      as Setup.exe.                     The Detect and Repair command (Help menu) in Office                     programs performs the same function as using the                      following options, /focums.                     If you run Setup and click Reinstall, Setup performs                     the same function as using the following options,                      /fecum. Valid options are:                     a  Force all files to be reinstalled regardless of                         checksum or version.                     c  Reinstall a file if it is missing or damaged (the                         stored checksum does not match the computed                         checksum value).                     d  Reinstall a file if it is missing, or a different                         version is present.                     e  Reinstall a file if it is missing, or an equal or                         older version is present.                     m  Rewrite all required local machine registry values.                     o  Reinstall a file if it is missing, or an older                         version is present.                     p  Reinstall a file only if it is missing.                     s  Reinstall all shortcuts, overwriting any existing                         shortcuts.                     u  Rewrite all required user registry values.                     v  Run from the source package and re-cache the local                         package.                     Example: /focums ProPlus.msi				
 /i <msifile>        Setup installs programs by using the Windows                     Installer package (MSI file) specified. The MSI                      file must be in the same folder as Setup.exe. If                      the file is not in the same folder as Setup.exe,                     it should be moved there, or a path to the file                      must be included. When running Setup.exe, /i is                      the default behavior, using the msifile specified                     in Setup.ini.                     Examples: /i ProPlus.msi                               /i "subfolder1\ProPlus.msi" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /j<option>          Creates an icon representing an Office program or   <package path>    feature that is configured during Setup to install                      the first time you use it ("installed on first use").                     Valid options are:                     u  Current user logged on to Windows.                        m   All users using the computer.                                                               NOTE: If you specify the /j option in the Setup                      command line, the only additional command-line                     options you can use, in addition to the /t sub                      option, are /q, /l, and /settings. All other                      command-line options are ignored.                     NOTE: In the case of Microsoft Office, use the /j                     option only when running Setup from an                     administrative installation point.                     Example: /ju c:\ProPlus.msi                     Example: /ju c:\ProPlus.msi /t install.mst------------------------------------------------------------------------------- /l<option>          Logs switches for Msiexec.exe (the Windows Installer)   <logfile>         and specifies the path to the log file. The flags                      indicate which information to log. Valid options are:                     a  Startup of actions                                 c  Initial UI parameters                     e  All error messages                     i  Status messages                     m  Out of memory                      o  Disk space errors				
                     r  Action-specific records                     p  Terminal properties                     u  User requests                     v  Verbose output                     w  Nonfatal warnings                     +  Append to existing file                     *  Log all information except verbose output. You can                         use the v switch along with the asterisk, /l*v.                     !  Writes each line to the log file. The default                         behavior is to cache 20 lines of log file text                         into memory and then write 20 lines to the log                         file at once. This is done to improve performance.                     NOTE: For more information, refer to the Knowledge                     Base article Q297107: You receive the "Installer                     terminated prematurely" error message when you use                     the ! logging option to install Office XP.                                            Example: /l* c:\logfile.txt                     This example creates the following verbose log                      files, using all logging mode options:                     Setup.exe log file:   c:\logfile.txt	                     OSP log file:         c:\logfile_Task(0001).txt                     Office log file:      c:\logfile_Task(0002).txt-------------------------------------------------------------------------------/m <.mif file>      Specifies an SMS .mif file name of 8 characters or less.                                        NOTE: Do not include the .mif extension with the                     filename; otherwise, the command line will return the                     following error: "Invalid command line".
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /noreboot        Setup.exe will not restart the computer or display                     the restart dialog box at the end of an installation.                     It also passes REBOOT=ReallySuppress to every MSI                    in the list of chained installs, except for the                     last entry in the chain. Conversely, if you                    pass REBOOT=ReallySuppress as a property, it sets                    /noreboot and passes REBOOT=ReallySuppress to each                    MSI listed in the list of chained installs, except                    for the last entry in the chain.                   NOTE: Office XP Japanese Edition includes IME.                    IME needs to restart the computer. To avoid to display                    the restart dialog box at the end of an installation,                    you have to use REBOOT=ReallySuppress with *.MSI file to                    install. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /nosp              Override system pack detection logic and don't                    call the System Files Update (OSP.msi). It is                     possible for an install process to fail                    if the OSP.msi is not installed when needed.                     Caution should be used when including this option. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------				
 <PROPERTY>=<value>  Specifies a value for any of the Installer properties                      (see the Office Resource Kit for a complete list                      of valid properties). If the property value contains                      spaces, enclose the string in quotation marks                      ("<value>"). You can specify more than one property                      and value pair on the command line separated by                      spaces.                     Only public properties are set on the Setup                      command line. Public properties are all upper-                     case; you do not have to type the property                      names in upper-case on the command line. Private                     properties--properties consisting of mixed-case                     letters--are not recognized by Setup on the                      command line. You can set private properties in                      the Modify Setup Properties page of the wizard.                     Example: TRANSFORMS="c:\acct dept"                               DISABLEROLLBACK=1                              USERNAME="Mikey" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /q<option>          Selects the user-interface level. Valid options are                     n  None - No user interface is displayed.                     b  Basic - Only simple progress indicators and errors                         are displayed.                     r  Reduced - No user information is collected, and                         no progress indicators are displayed.                                    f  Full - All indicators with a modal dialog box at                         the end of Setup.                     +  Adds a completion message to the /n or /b                         option. The message is displayed only if Setup                        does not need to restart after the installation                        is complete.                                          -  Added after the b, f, n, or r option to                         suppress all modal dialogs.                     NOTE: You can only use this switch with an                      Enterprise edition of Office.                      Example: /qb- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /settings file      Specifies a Setup settings file for customizing                     Setup actions. If the file is not located in the                     same folder as Setup.exe, include the path;                      however, it is recommended the file be in the same                      directory as Setup.exe. Specifying a                      settings file forces Setup to use the referenced                     file in place of Setup.ini.                     Example:                     /settings MyApp.ini ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  /SPForce            Install the System Files Update (OSP.msi) even                      if the auto-detection process determines it is                      not required. Not supported on Windows 2000 and                     Windows Millennium, where the OSP.msi cannot be                     installed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------  /SPOnly             Install only the System Files Update (OSP.msi).                     Do not install Office. This option only applies                     to installations of Microsoft Office on Windows                     98 or Windows NT 4. This switch is useful for                     pre-deployment of the System Files Update in                     preparation for Office deployment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------   /t <transform>     Specifies the name of the transform (.mst) file. The                      /i switch is required with the /t switch. When using                      the /j switch with a transforms file, the /t switch                      must be used; otherwise the TRANSFORMS property should                      be used.                     Example: /t acct.mst /i off9.msi ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /wait               Wait for the installation to complete before quitting                      the Setup program. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /webinstall url     Set the URL path to install the program from. The                     URL provided is considered the root of an Office                     administrative installation point. If Setup.exe                      determines it was started from Internet Explorer,                      Setup.exe queries the system to determine what HTTP                     path it was started from, and this switch is not                      required.                      NOTE: To create an administrative installation,                      you must use an Enterprise edition of Office.                       IMPORTANT: Installing other applications from an                     HTTP, HTTPS, or FTP source location is not supported.                     NOTE: Transforms are not supported from a URL                      source and must reside either on a network file                      share or as a stream in the msifile. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ /x <msifile>        Setup uninstalls Office. The .msi file specified                      must be the same .msi file used to install Office                      originally. The .msi file must be in the same folder                      as Setup.exe.                     Example: /x ProPlus.msi ------------------------------------------------------------------------------				
If you are using a long file name with embedded spaces in the path, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
139427 Using long filenames with the Run command
For more information about command-line switches that are used with the Windows Installer, see the Msi.chm file. You can obtain the Msi.chm file by downloading the Windows Installer SDK samples, tools, and documentation from the following Microsoft Web site:
inf OFFXP OFF02 parameters command-line switches

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